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The Santa Clarita Valley is the valley of the Santa Clara River in Southern California. It stretches through Los Angeles County and Ventura County. Its main population center is the city of Santa Clarita. The valley was part of the 48,612-acre (19,672.6 ha) Rancho San Francisco land grant. Some of the communities within the SCV include the city of Santa Clarita, which is made up of Canyon Country, Newhall, Saugus, and Valencia. Adjacent unincorporated communities include Castaic, Stevenson Ranch, Sunset Pointe, Tesoro, Val Verde, Westridge and the new master planned community of Newhall Ranch.

Downstream of Santa Clarita, it is called Heritage Valley. The upstream portion is called Soledad Canyon which contains the communities of Vincent, Acton, Ravenna, and Agua Dulce.

The Santa Clarita Valley is bordered by the Lake Piru area including the community of Val Verde, Los Padres National Forest, and Castaic Lake to the northwest, Sierra Pelona Mountains and Angeles National Forest to the north and northeast, San Gabriel Mountains to the east and southeast, and Santa Susana Mountains to the south and southwest, and Ventura County and the Santa Clara River Valley to the west. Santa Clarita Valley is connected to the nearby San Fernando Valley by the Newhall Pass in the southern section of Santa Clarita Valley. Santa Clarita Valley is also connected to other valleys such as the Antelope Valley by Antelope Valley Freeway and Soledad Canyon (going northeast), and the Santa Clara River Valley by State Route 126 (going west). The Santa Clarita Valley is connected to the San Joaquin Valley to the north by Interstate 5, after passing Pyramid Lake and Frazier Park.

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Coordinates: 34°23′53″N 118°31′19″W / 34.398°N 118.522°W / 34.398; -118.522

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Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

Santa Clarita Valley in Southern California is a region of Los Angeles County far to the north of Los Angeles proper.

Understand

The Santa Clarita Valley rests between the Golden State Freeway (Interstate 5) and the Antelope Valley Freeway (State Hwy 14), with new growth swelling beyond these borders. The valley is about 200 square miles, 56.8 square miles of which belong to the City of Santa Clarita.

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See

There are a couple of highlights one should see when visiting the SCV, and include:

  • Canyon Theatre Guild. A family=friendly theater that has been bringing live stage plays and musicals to Santa Clarita Valley for over thirty years. Visit: Canyon Theatre Guild
  • Vasquez Rocks. A unique rock formation where many movies and television shows have been filmed, including The Flintstones, 24, and others.
  • Valencia Town Center, [1]. The shopping and dining jewel of Santa Clarita.
  • Wilderness areas. Tucked right in between suburban homes and malls, these areas are wild enough to be home to bear, mountain lions, coyotes and other wild animals. The Pacific Crest Trail runs right through the Santa Clarita Valley.
  • Amusements. Roller coasters, water rides, and go carts can all be found here, too.

Do

Six Flags Magic Mountain is by far the most well-known attraction in the Santa Clarita Valley (SCV). But there are hundreds of interesting attractions and things to do in the valley. Whether you want to get up close to bison, big cats, horses, or farm animals, you can do it here. The Hollywood's movie production in Santa Clarita dates back to the industry's infancy, and is still going strong, so there are many ways you can experience Hollywood in this suburban utopia. If it's the Old West you want to experience, you can do that in the SCV as well.

The City of Santa Clarita was incorporated in 1987, so much of the valley has a new, "Disneyland" feel to it. Spend some time in Valencia Town Center, the valley's mecca of shopping and dining. Although the SCV hotel occupancy rates are some of the highest in Los Angeles County, it's a great place to stay as many of them are quite new. The SCV's close proximity to the ocean (45 minutes), Hollywood (40 minutes), Beverly Hills (45 minutes), Disneyland (1.5 hours), and Santa Barbara (1.5 hours) make it a great place to settle into 'base camp' to explore all that the Los Angeles area has to offer.

Eat

The Valley is full of ethnic dining options, from Argentinean to Vietnamese. Check out the Wine Bars for chef prepared tapas.

Drink

The Santa Clarita Valley is a pretty dry town, with the exception of a few wine bars, a winery and a couple of neighborhood bars that have survived from the early days. This could be a contributing factor to why Santa Clarita has often been named in the top safest places to live in the country.

One of the things often discussed among the residents is the lack of nightlife. While you won't find a plethora of clubs and bars, there are several available.

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